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Operation Mad Ball (1957)

In post-WW2 France, U.S. Army hospital private Hogan and Captain Lock try to outwit one another on issues such as wooing pretty nurses, accounting for missing medical supplies, organizing unauthorized dances and influencing their C.O.

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Richard Quine

Writers:

Arthur Carter (screenplay), Jed Harris (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Lemmon ... Pvt. Hogan
Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Paul Lock
Kathryn Grant ... Lt. Betty Bixby
Arthur O'Connell ... Col. Rousch
Mickey Rooney ... MSgt. Yancy Skibo
Dick York ... Cpl. Bohun
James Darren ... Pvt. Widowskas
Roger Smith ... Cpl. Berryman
William Leslie ... Pvt. Grimes
Sheridan Comerate ... Sgt. Wilson
L.Q. Jones ... Ozark
Jeanne Manet Jeanne Manet ... Madame LaFour
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Storyline

Private Hogan must raise his ability to scheme and plot to a new level to put on a madcap dance to celebrate the closing of an Army surgical hospital in post WWII France while evading the stickler-for-details Captain Lock - and win the heart to the beautiful nurse Lieutenant Betty Bixby. Written by Rick Munoz <munozrd@mymail.com>

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Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

17 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Ball See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Roger Smith and Jack Lemmon were associated with Mister Roberts (1955). Lemmon played Ensign Pulver in the movie, and Smith played Lieutenant Roberts in the television series. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in September 1945, but all the women's clothes and hairstyles (both military and civilian) are strictly 1957, most noticeably, lack of shoulder pads, and longer skirt lengths than as in 1945. See more »

Quotes

Col. Rousch: Everything was going so nicely.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Ernie Kovacs & Doris Day (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Mad Ball
Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Sung during the opening credits by Sammy Davis Jr.
Also played at the end
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19 July 2008 | by mlyniam-1See all my reviews

It is being shown on TCM, as of today 07182008. I've never seen it before, but am watching it now.

I was amazed at the number of stars I saw listed in the beginning credits. I imagine it will be the same way people now view Ocean's 11 (the original) and in 30 years, view the remakes.

I love Some Like it Hot. It shines mostly because of Jack Lemmon. His comedy as a woman is a riot, especially in the scenes with the old millionaire. Another great movie of his, and hard to find is "The Landlady" with Fred Astaire and Kim Novak.

Anyway, I thank goodness for my DVR and TCM.

mlyniam


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